Much-loved local orchestra Hastings Sinfonia joins captivating dancers, international soloists, and the talented choirs of St. Richards Catholic College and members of Battle Abbey School Choir, to bring you a Family Christmas Spectacular this December for a joyous start to your festive season!

With special guests:

Giulio Tampallini – guitar

Ken Roberts – guest conductor

Masha Shapoval – ballet dancer

St. Richard’s Catholic College Choir

Members of Battle Abbey School Choir

East Sussex School Of Performing Arts dancers.


The world premiere of Polo Piatti’s Christmas Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra.

Italian star guitarist Giulio Tampalini is travelling from Italy, bringing his charismatic performance style to the De La Warr and offers a real treat for the audience.



Christmas favourites, such as: The Snowman, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride plus music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, New Christmas works plus carols and festive cheer.



2.15 – 2.45pm Bexhill Choral Society Singing in Main Foyer

2.30pm Auditorium Doors

3pm First Half

4pm Interval

4.30pm Second Half

5.20pm Show End

All timings approximate and subject to change


U18s go FREE with a paying adult! (max. 2x children per transaction)

All ticket prices include £1 restoration levy


Suitable for all ages. U18s accompanied by an adult


Previous recording of the Christmas Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with Sergio Puccini (guitar) and the Budapest Scoring Symphony Orchestra


Press release

Hastings Sinfonia takes great pride in performing classical works that will appeal to audiences young and old. Expect rousing renditions of Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker Suite, accompanied by East Sussex School of Performing Arts’ dancers, Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival medley and favourite carols.

A real treat for the audience will be the world premiere of Hastings composer Polo Piatti’s Christmas Guitar Concerto performed by exceptional, charismatic guitarist Giulio Tampalini from Italy. Tampalini is hailed as one of the most innovative and charismatic interpreters on the international music scene.  He has won major international guitar prizes and is a celebrated recording artist. He plays guitars made by local luthier Philip Woodfield.

Talented young Ukrainian ballet dancer Masha Shapoval will dance to the classic Walking in the Air from The Snowman and the Medora Variation from Le Corsaire ballet in a performance laden with emotion.

Bexhill’s very own St Richard’s Catholic College Choir will enthral with their renditions of O come, O Come Emmanuel and In the Bleak Mid-Winter.

Battle Abbey Chamber Choir sing Ken Robert’s arrangement of Silent Night and baritone Peter Grevatt joins for them for Thoughts of Father Christmas, a set of whimsical reveries.

There is also a festive composition by composer Gary Judd to look forward to  ‘Knees Up 5’  inspired by his family’s Christmas  get-to-gethers.

Hastings Sinfonia is delighted to be supporting St Michael’s Hospice for this event.

Join us on Sunday Dec. 3 at 3pm at the De la Warr Pavilion for a musical Christmas treat with something for all the family.

Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:

Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets for print at at home are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP and are free of charge. They can also be downloaded from our website within My Account.

Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.

In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.

There is a £2 charge to post tickets.

We strongly recommend ticket buyers to take out Ticket Protection insurance with Secure My Booking available when you book your tickets at check out.


Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Eat before the show

Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.

Already booked your tickets? If you’ve already booked tickets for a show and would like to add dining, please contact Box Office:

On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.